Jamie Wyeth
[Artist, b. 1946, Wilmington, Delaware, lives in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.]

 When painting portraits a lot of people say, “Why not get a photograph of the person?” Photography is wonderful and it is an art form in itself, but... my portrait is a culmination of elements... a truer image of a person than just the ‘click’ of a snapshot. 

H.G. Wells
[Writer, b. 1866, Bromley, Kent, England, d. 1946, London.]

 I often think we do not take this business of photography in a sufficiently serious spirit. Issuing a photograph is like marriage: you can only undo the mischief with infinite woe... 

Art Wolfe
[Photographer, b. 1951, Seattle, Washington, lives in Seattle.]

 For me making a digital photo is like making a watercolor... It’s not a painting, and it’s not a photo. It’s something altogether new. 

Edward Weston
[Photographer, b. 1886, Highland Park, Illinois, d. 1958, Wildcat Hill, California.]

 A photograph has no value unless it looks exactly like a photograph and nothing else. 

Otto Wöhler
[Military leader, b. 1894, Burgwedel, Germany, d. 1987, Burgwedel.]

 No photographs will be made of such abominable excesses and no report of them will be given in letters home. The production and the distribution of such photographs and reports on such incidents are looked upon as undermining the decency and discipline in the armed forces and will be severely punished. All existing photographs and reports on such excesses are to be confiscated together with the negatives and are to be sent to the Ic counterintelligence officer of the army giving the name of the producer or distributor. (July 1941 order to German 11th Army troops operating on the eastern front with holocaust killing squad Einsatzgruppe D, 1941) 

Marion Post Wolcott
[Photographer, b. 1910, Bloomfield, New Jersey, d. 1990, Santa Barbara, California.]

 Women are tough, supportive, sensitive, intelligent, and creative. They are survivors. Women have come a long way, but not far enough. Ahead still are formidable hurdles. Speak with your images from your heart and soul. Give of yourselves. Trust your gut reactions. Suck out the juices—the essence of your life experiences. Get on with it. It may not be too late. 

Albert Watson
[Photographer, b. 1942, Edinburgh, Scotland, lives in New York.]

 Really good portraiture is a two-way street where someone is throwing little gems out and you’re grabbing them. Very few people have a 100 percent fluency in being able to do to do this—this kind of magical reaction with a camera. 

Orson Welles
[Filmmaker, b. 1915, Kenosha, Wisconsin, d. 1985, Hollywood, California.]

 The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.